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All-Night Lingo Tango

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This collection is a love letter to language with poems that are drunk and filled with references to the hyperkinetic world of the twenty-first century. Yet Zeus and Hera tangle with Leda on the interstate; Ava Gardner becomes a Hindu princess; and Shiva, the Destroyer, reigns over all. English is the primary god here, with its huge vocabulary and omnivorous gluttony for new words, yet the mystery of the alphabet is behind everything, a funky puppet masterwho can make a new world out of nothing.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 19, 2009 – Chatty and whimsical, literary and (at its best) laugh-out-loud funny, Hamby's fourth outing begins with a tour-de-force: monorhyme. All the long lines in Hamby's two-page Ode to Anglo Saxon, Film Noir, and the Hundred Thousand Anxieties that Plague Me Like Demons in a Medieval Christian Allegory (yes, that's the title) rhyme, or at least half-rhyme, with one another: Who are you? Not the hippie chick/ of your early twenties or the Sears and Roebuck/ Christian drudge your mother became, though Satan still stalks/ you.... Most of the volume pursues the same jittery, entertaining pace, with frequent reference to baby-boom era popular culture, especially film: Here's to the movie queens with their nose jobs, snow jobs, blow jobs. Long-lined Odes, most in monorhyme or in loose couplets, give her extroverted, digressive imagination free play, reminiscent by turns of Albert Goldbarth and Ogden Nash: I was a vegetarian,/ so I know food hang-ups like a Rastafarian/ knows ganja. Hamby (Babel) also includes a few dozen 13-line sonnets, more restrained, less forceful, and less personal, but determined to juxtapose the ultra-contemporary and the famously literary: Nietzsche Explains the Ubermensch to Lois Lane. Hamby's autobiographical asides and festive attitudes may seem, to some, like nothing new: yet, often enough, their sheer verve should entertain.
All-Night Lingo Tango
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Feb 20, 2009
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 88 Pages
  • Language: English
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